- San Francisco officials save backyard pine tree from the ax Updated: May-03-16 9:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A spindly pine tree standing all alone in a tiny backyard became an official landmark Tuesday in San Francisco, a city that boasts such picturesque sights as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf.
- Obama to name Stonewall 1st national monument for gay rights Updated: May-03-16 9:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The iconic Stonewall Inn where the modern gay rights movement took root will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal that President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.
- Agency: Proposed mine near Tucson won't jeopardize species Updated: May-03-16 8:48 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A proposed copper mine near Tucson isn't likely to jeopardize the continued existence of more than a dozen endangered and threatened species and their habitats, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- 2 US senators want states included in wolf management Updated: May-03-16 8:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Two U.S. senators from the West want state wildlife authorities and ranchers to have more say in how the federal government manages endangered Mexican gray wolves.
- Hawaii legislature passing dozens of bills in final week Updated: May-03-16 8:38 pm
HONOLULU - After years of dealing with sweltering classrooms where classroom teachers spritzed their students with water to keep them cool, the Hawaii Legislature has approved $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms throughout the state.
- Court files show bid to tar slain Honduran activist Caceres Updated: May-03-16 8:36 pm
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - For months before her death, environmental activist Berta Caceres complained of repeated threats warning her to stop leading protests opposing a hydroelectric project on her Lenca people's ancestral lands.
- Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested Updated: May-03-16 8:30 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year says authorities have removed seven of her children from her home and arrested her for assaulting an officer.
- UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts Updated: May-03-16 7:58 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals.
- Fix for California trailer park reflects uranium problem Updated: May-03-16 7:55 pm
California regulators approved a $3.2 million grant Tuesday to bring safe water to a California trailer park where three dozen households for years have been provided with tap water containing dangerous levels of uranium.
- Drought-stricken California boosts conservation for March Updated: May-03-16 7:28 pm
FRESNO, California - Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday.
- 7 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth bass sets South Dakota record Updated: May-03-16 7:17 pm
WEBSTER, South Dakota - A smallmouth bass pulled from Horseshoe Lake in northeastern South Dakota last month is a state record.
- Grahams Island State Park getting $1.2M visitor center Updated: May-03-16 7:12 pm
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota - Officials are set to start construction on a new visitor center at Grahams Island State Park near Devils Lake.
- US secretary of interior touts conservation fund in Montana Updated: May-03-16 7:10 pm
HELENA, Montana - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday used Montana's scenic Hauser Lake as a backdrop while urging Congress to permanently reauthorize a key funding source for the country's parks and recreation system.
- Mexico City extends traffic cuts into Wednesday over smog Updated: May-03-16 7:05 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexico City has extended into Wednesday a pollution alert that requires 40 percent of cars and trucks to keep off the streets.
- US EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards Updated: May-03-16 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana's largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem.
- Oil spill bill, Medicaid fix stumbles at session end Updated: May-03-16 6:44 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Proposed legislation that would dictate how to spend $1 billion in settlement money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appeared nearly doomed Tuesday as senators continued to argue over how much of the money should go to state debts versus road projects in coastal counties.
- Colorado lawmakers reject labeling marijuana as organic Updated: May-03-16 6:38 pm
DENVER - A Colorado proposal to certify organic marijuana has been rejected amid concerns the labels would imply pot is healthy.
- Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies Updated: May-03-16 5:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.
- Report: Faster response needed to minimize salmon die-offs Updated: May-03-16 4:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Northwest fisheries managers must respond faster to reduce fish kills of sockeye salmon in the Columbia River Basin if warm-water conditions return, a draft report taking a hard look at last summer's massive die-off says.
- The Latest: Feds reviewing proposed wolf legislation Updated: May-03-16 4:41 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The Latest on federal legislation regarding recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf (all times local):
- Survivor of Yarnell Hill Fire releases book Updated: May-03-16 4:35 pm
PRESCOTT, Arizona - The only member of an elite firefighting unit to survive a June 2013 wildfire in Arizona has written a personal account of the tragedy.
- Parents sue over lead in water at New Jersey city's schools Updated: May-03-16 4:28 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Parents of four students filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against New Jersey's largest school district and other public officials over lead found in drinking water.
- Chile: fishermen protest, block roads after toxic blooms Updated: May-03-16 4:20 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean fishermen have staged a protest demanding the government compensate them better after toxic algae blooms killed their catch.
- Man dies after canoe capsizes in Colorado lake Updated: May-03-16 4:15 pm
LOVELAND, Colorado - The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority says a canoe capsized on a lake north of Denver, leaving one man dead.
- Spring snowstorms boost Wyoming snowpack Updated: May-03-16 4:14 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A succession of spring snowstorms over the last two months has boosted Wyoming's snowpack to slightly above normal as the state heads into its annual snowmelt cycle.